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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

Comments from 2013 Love, jealousy, greed, cheating, theft, manipulation, and rags-to-riches via hard work and genetic engineering.  All that, in this week’s portion.  I always wonder if those who say they want marriage and family modeled on the Bible have … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

This week, Jacob finally makes it home.  Here’s a summary from 2013, followed by 2016 comments: “In this week’s Torah portion, Jacob, finally on his way home, repeatedly confronts his past. He sends a suitably obsequious message to Esau, relating … Continue reading

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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

This week: a rags-to-riches story involving lots of breeding – both livestock and human – and the interpersonal manipulations and deception omnipresent in the book of Genesis. Jacob flees to Haran, ostensibly to find a wife, but without all the … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

Today is the centenary of the birth of my mother, Lillian A. Greenwald, neé Lillian Reba Abrams, Rivka Leah bat Yisrael v’Liba.  Mother.  Mama.  Missing her, but grateful for the 97 years she was here.  Here’s Daddy’s favorite picture of … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

I tend to get a bit introspective at this time of year.  It’s a season of home and family: Thanksgiving, Chanukah, and birthdays of lots of family: mother, father, brother, both sisters, father-in-law, sister-in-law, two brothers-in-law, daughter, and me.  And … Continue reading

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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

There is so much to write about regarding Vayetze:  A ladder with angels, a romantic encounter at a well, deceit, trickery, intrafamily jealousy and rivalries, a bad boss, greed, karma, sex, and 12 births.  Even animal breeding (aside from the … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

The picture below is where I grew up in West Philadelphia.  My house is the one on the corner with the yellow paint.  The bedroom my sister Miriam and I shared is behind the front bay windows on the second … Continue reading

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